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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific blu-ray
This blu-ray presents the film in 2.35:1 cinemascope with a great lossless DTS 5.1 sound upgrade and it looks terrific. The added detail has an effect of adding beauty (the opening water ripples of Saul Bass and co's credits) or atmospheric detail (everywhere else!). The HD format has been a big benefit for the presentation.

Extras are a whole 'nother...
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by A. Moncrieff

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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific blu-ray, 8 Jun 2012
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This blu-ray presents the film in 2.35:1 cinemascope with a great lossless DTS 5.1 sound upgrade and it looks terrific. The added detail has an effect of adding beauty (the opening water ripples of Saul Bass and co's credits) or atmospheric detail (everywhere else!). The HD format has been a big benefit for the presentation.

Extras are a whole 'nother story:

There's a SD 1991 "behind the scenes" (ie. EPK video) which adds not much, except that Martin Scorcese rather disappointingly refers to the original as a "perfect B picture" and Wesley Strick turns out to be a mallflower teenager with a goatee - yikes!

There's also a SD compilation of Saul Bass credit sequences, including Vertigo, which are pretty nifty but completely superfluous unfortunately.

I love this film, for the record, but I think I prefer the original. This one aspires more to realism in characterisation, while the original used archetypes to tell more of a fairytale/fable kind of approach. However, this one adds some religious connotations, some of which works and some of which doesn't. I never really get a good feel of why Max Cady would want to (sort of spoilers) try Sam in a Book of Job fashion. I get that he got all up his own bottom in prison trying to make himself better than the rest of the prisoners and fixated on a higher kind of revenge, but it never really coelesces with his other actions, which remain those of a petty crook with an inflated image. You could argue that inflated image is what's given to delusions of grandeur, but the film seems to play up to the idea that Cady's trial has some grander, perhaps even spiritual value.
The real reason all this stuff is here? To make the film seem, sigh, "deeper" than it really is. Scorsese mentions some of this stuff in the "Making of"/Behind the Scenes fluff, but he seems to have little to no idea most of the subtext in his film was there in the first place in the first movie.

Very confusing stuff! The film, however, is still a Hell of a good watch. I suggest you do what I did, buy both Cape Fears on Blu-Ray and get The Simpsons Season 5 out of your cupboard (or buy it if you don't have it) and watch both Cape Fears, followed by "Cape Feare", the excellent Simpsons parody. Now THAT'S an evening of entertainment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spine-tingling, 23 Sep 2007
This review is from: Cape Fear (1991) [DVD] (DVD)
Scorsese cut and pasted the score from J. Lee Thompson's 1962 original as well as offering small roles to Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck (who played the original Max Cady and Sam Bowden respectively), but this brash re-imagination is largely its own beast. And beast is the word: a snarling and visceral creature. It is also an exercise in sustained psychological horror, as Robert De Niro's fearsomely muscular, tattooed rapist is set free with a score to settle with his own defence lawyer (Nick Nolte).

Some have cited Scorsese's dizzying camera movements and Thelma Schoonmaker's zippy editing as crassly manipulative. But that's the point, for "manipulative" is the adjective that describes Cady best. He's a self-destructive psychotic for sure, but he intends to teach family man/adulterer Bowden a lesson about living by a principle before he goes down for good.

Scorsese's ability to wring breathless performances from his cast has rarely served him with such stark success: here we have career-best work from Nolte as well as Juliette Lewis as Bowden's teenage daughter. To coin a cringe-worthy phrase, she's a blossoming flower - the scene in which Cady lures the brace-wearing Danielle onto an eerie school theatre stage, decked out with a Hansel & Gretel set (no one claims the symbolism is subtle!), is a childhood rite of passage as seen in a nightmare; it's also very skilfully paced and played.

For all the fizz and suspense and manoeuvring, the climax, which takes place in the stormy waters off the titular cape, is somewhat disappointing. Where Lee Thompson's movie ended with a nail-biting game of cat-and-mouse in the shadowy reeds, Wesley Strick's screenplay resorts to genre convention, stripping Cady down to a babbling monster. But what an exhilarating ride it is getting there, full of memorable set-pieces interspersed with striking dreamy images.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly tense! A great remake!, 7 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Cape Fear (1991) [DVD] (DVD)
The 1991 remake of the classic 1962 film 'Cape Fear' is a spine-tingling psychological thriller, largely due to Robert De Niro's brilliant and creepy performance of the vicious psychopath Max Cady. Cady is now obsessively seeking revenge of the attorney and his family who had defended him before he spent 14 years in prison for rape. The man is a human monster and you are left on the edge of your seat wondering what he is going to do next. This is a movie which proves that revenge knows no boundaries.

Martin Scorsese is a brilliant filmmaker and this is another one of his movies that won't disappoint. The only reason why I haven't rated it five stars is because I do believe the original to be the best. Having said that, unlike a lot of remakes that have been made of classic films, 'Cape Fear (1991)' is very good indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars De Niro rules!, 11 Jan 2012
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One of the best thrillers ever made! Another masterpiece from Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro plays the Fear, in flesh and blood. Scary to the bones. Elmer Bernstein arranges and conducts outstanding Bernard Herrmann score. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great value & excellent quality, 24 July 2014
This review is from: Cape Fear (1991) [DVD] (DVD)
Quick delivery, well packaged for safe arrival, great value & excellent quality. Brought 2 one as a friends present. Great story that keeps you gripped to the end. Great adult film & well acted. Reliable supplier & would recommend as I am so pleased. My friend is also very pleased as its one on ther favourites.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Juliette Lewis shines, 29 Dec 2010
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This review is from: Cape Fear (1991) [DVD] (DVD)
Amazing performance from Juliette Lewis who played the naive 15-year old teenager very well. The only thing freaky about it is that she still looks exactly the same now than she did back then.

The film itself is filled with frustrating suspence which makes you want to scream at your television at the characters. Some scenes (the boat scene) are quite uncomfortable to watch, but are memorable. Robert De Nero's last scene made my toes curl, but then again he always plays the psycho quite well.

I haven't seen the original version, but if you want a film that entertains, frustrates and makes you uncomfortable, then get this one. It's the kind of film that you buy, watch, and leave it for a few years before watching it again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 11 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Councillor..., 8 July 2014
Great remake of a classic and I think it is better than the original, Robert De Niro really does play a fantastic and believable part along with a great cast. The film itself looks good on blu-ray and is worth the upgrade, great story and quite brutal at times. if you like thrillers with some violence and great acting then this is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brlillant, 13 Jun 2014
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I have not seen the 1961 classic cape fear so I can't decide which one is better. Robert de niro gives a outstanding performance as a rapist out for revenge against his lawyer. Recommend if your into Scorsese violent films like casino and taxi driver.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A terific classic, 15 May 2014
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Great classic thriller....not for the faint hatred.De Nero is awesome as the terrifyingly psychotic Max Cady. Getting a bit dated now but a must see film.
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